Civic Engagement Scholars
As one of its four 2012-2020 strategic priorities, Clarion University encourages public service, not just for students, but for faculty, staff and administration, too. Engaging in public service is one high-impact practice in which students learn skills critical to graduates entering the workforce. As a demonstration of this commitment, our students provide more than 250,000 hours of service to the community each year.
Al and Jan Lander, the Clarion University Foundation, Inc., and the Center for Leadership and Involvement are proud to offer the Clarion University Civic Engagement Scholarship. These scholarships are intended to support the education of students who are committed to providing meaningful service to non-profit and public sector entities within the greater Clarion community.
This unique scholarship is a model of civic engagement of students with the communities in which they live and learn.
Scholarships are awarded in the form of a full, in-state tuition credit.
Students must currently be enrolled full time (12 or more credits per semester) and plan to enroll full time for the following academic year in order to apply for the Civic Engagement Scholarship.
The scholarship is open to students who:
- Have earned a minimum of 12 credit hours with an overall QPA of 2.5 or better;
- Are in good academic and disciplinary standing;
- Have a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) on file;
- Will not be graduating before the May commencement.
2017-2018 SCHOLARSHIP TIMELINE
- Completed applications will be accepted March 19 – April 6, 2018.
- Applications will be reviewed April 9 - April 13, 2018.
- Interviews will be conducted by appointment April 16 - April 20.
- Scholarship winners will be announced at the Reinhard Awards on April 25, 2018.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT scholars WILL:
- Work with the Center for Leadership and Involvement to secure site placement.
- Serve an average of 12-15 hours per week.
- Maintain service logs and a journal of the scholarship experience.
- Create a communication plan for their sponsoring organization.
- Post their service experiences on social media.
- Participate in end-of-the-year celebration.
SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM INTRODUCTION AND ORIENTATION
- Meet with campus supervisor, explore program and build service outline.
- Meet with site supervisor and initial site visit.
VOLUNTEERING AND PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
- General service and volunteering at site.
- Learn about existing programs, issues, efforts and partnerships.
- Continue working with organization.
- Develop personal plan for spring semester.
- Continue service program.
- Consider improvements and changes, maintenance and growth plans.
MIDTERM REVIEW AND GOAL SETTING
Program continuation and conclusion
- Continue service program.
- Draw program to a close, or work to ensure support plans are in place to maintain program after scholarship program has ended.